Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fabulous collection of classic, still engaging action games.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players must be smart as well as quick to survive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are trying to save world repeatedly.

Ease of Play

Though controls are simple, game can get really challenging.


While Crash can smack other characters, violence is cartoonish, no one shown hurt.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a platforming compilation for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The collection presents three classic, cartoony platforming games: 1996's Crash Bandicoot, 1997's Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and 1998's Crash Bandicoot: Warped. While there's some mild violence -- Crash does a spin move that sends his enemies flying -- the game's cartoonish look and tone mean there's no blood or gore. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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User Reviews

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Adult Written byVohaul March 5, 2020

A great remake of a classic PlayStation trilogy

Back in the 90s Sony began its attempt to rival Sega and Nintendo by releasing the PlayStation. Crash Bandicoot was one of its major franchises. The game is ver... Continue reading
Adult Written byCynder960 October 29, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamer Gurl XD November 24, 2019

Fun, challenging, and nostalgic!

I really love this game and I think it's a really fun and wacky plat former! My first video game was the original Crash Bandicoot for PS1, so it was really... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byWILLPHALANGES July 3, 2019

Pretty fun. BUT HARD!

I did manage to barely squeeze myself to completing the main story, but it is unforgiving!

What's it about?

As a collection of three games, the CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY has three stories. In Crash Bandicoot, our hero has to stop the evil Dr. Neo Cortex from taking over the world, while also rescuing his girlfriend. Then, in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Dr. Cortex coerces Crash to do his bidding. Finally, in Crash Bandicoot: Warped, our favorite Australian marsupial travels through time to, what else, save the world from Dr. Cortex. Some people never learn. Newly added to these games are two bonus levels: Stormy Ascent, a previously unreleased stage for the original Crash Bandicoot, and Future Tense, a brand new level set in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, with fast-paced projectiles, pitfalls, and other hazards.

Is it any good?

Though they're three classics from the late '90s, the action games on this compilation are as fresh and challenging as they were when they came out on the first PlayStation. Much like the WipEout Omega Collection, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy presents aurally and visually remastered versions of three classic games: 1996's Crash Bandicoot, 1997's Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and 1998's Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Platformers in the vein of Mario's greatest adventures, all three have you running, jumping, and spinning your way through sadistic obstacle courses full of traps, explosive boxes, surly monkeys, and other hazards.

But while the three games in this collection are as good as we remember them, these versions add a few small things that make them even better. Most notably, you can now play them as Crash's similarly skilled sister, Coco. The game also automatically saves after every level. And if you do well at the Time Trials -- in which you replay a level with the added challenge of having to beat the clock -- it will upload your best time to online leaderboards so that you can brag on a worldwide scale. But be warned: There are some new levels included in the compilation that will put your platforming skills (and your patience) to the test. Stormy Ascent is a previously unreleased stage for the original Crash set in a tower, with lots of moving platforms, disappearing stairs, and spike traps. Future Tense, on the other hand, is a new stage for Crash 3, where you'll have to dodge incoming fire, moving lasers, and large pits. Both of the new stages require split-second timing, and even experienced players will have a challenge surviving each stage. Regardless of how you play each game, or even the new stages, though, the three games in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy are as perplexing and engaging as they always were. It's great that new audiences can experience them in this new collection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about saving the world. In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Crash is trying to save the world. How far would you go to save the world?

  • To do well in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you need good reflexes. How else can you improve your reflexes, without putting some poor, unsuspecting marsupial in danger?

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